'Proteas will bounce back'

CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat says the Proteas must now dust themselves off and focus on the future.

South African captain AB de Villiers kneels down after New Zealand beat the Proteas in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup semifinals at Eden Park in Auckland on 24 March 2015. Picture: Cricket SA.

AUCKLAND - Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat says the Proteas must now dust themselves off and focus on the future.

They were beaten by New Zealand in Yesterday's semifinal at Eden Park, Auckland,

Lorgat says now is not the time to be talking about the next World Cup and the team must take a break and regroup.

"I think for starters we must just take some time out, we must reflect on what happened as we've been in these situations before and we've bounced back.

There are now only three teams left in the tournament, with Melbourne set to host tomorrow's clash between Australia and defending champions India.

South Africans are waking up this morning still struggling to come to terms with the fact that the Proteas are out of the tournament.

South Africa entered the tournament as one of the favourites and plenty was expected from AB de Villiers's men.

However, they stuttered during the group stages, losing to both India and Pakistan.

And while they easily beat Sri Lanka in the quarterfinals, yesterday's loss to the Black Caps sent them crashing out.

De Villiers apologised to South Africans for the team's performance.

"A lot of people back home supporting us, it hurts to think of all of them. We so badly wanted to take the trophy, but I guess it's time to move and the sun will rise again tomorrow."

De Villiers said defeat against New Zealand marked the lowest point in his career.

He cut a dejected figure at the after-match press conference following his side's four wicket loss.

South Africa was in with the chance with New Zealand needing 11 runs off the final over.

But Kiwi batsman Grant Elliott smashed a six off the penultimate ball to secure his team the win.

De Villiers said he'd never felt so low.

"I have absolutely no idea what to do from here on in, I don't even know when we'll be going home. It's going to take some time. As a captain I'll be there for the guys as much as I can, there's nothing we can do about it now."

I won't single people out, we play as a unit and today the unit got unstuck. - AB

The Proteas now return home while New Zealand move on to the final where they'll face either Australia or India